The water was so cold!

The water was so cold!

Tough Mudder. When I think of those words I think of mud, cold, wet, and rain. I see pictures of people clambering over obstacles and helping each other. It’s something I always assumed I’d do one day but never really signed up for. Then my friend Charlie, from The Runner Beans was putting a team together and before I cold talk myself out of it, I said yes.

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A class using the Speedflex machine

A class using the Speedflex machine

I always jump at the chance of reviewing classes. Once upon a time there only seemed to be three in all of London, and they were all targeted to people who weren’t me. Now of course London is awash with very cool fitness classes to try and last week I had the chance of going to Speedflex. Speedflex is a London-based studio where the main draw is this incredible piece of kit used to work your whole body.

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When I was asked to be part of the blog tour for Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, I typed a ‘yes’ email back as quickly as possible. I had been hearing incredible things about this book for a while, especially from the US where the book has already been out for a while. On this side of the pond the book is out on Thursday the 26th of April, and in the run up to the release below is my review and mini interview with Lisa!

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Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Medal Monday is one of the really fun hashtags which is all over Instagram. Every Monday people show off their race bling. They proudly wear the medals they ran miles for and sweated buckets for. I love seeing them all and when I’ve run a race over the weekend I always post a picture on the Monday.

But what about after Monday? What happens to all those medals – all that race bling that people collect? I actually don’t display mine. And if you knew how much I fawn over the medal when I get them, you’d be as surprised as I am. I wear them the day of the race, the day after the race, and if that isn’t the Monday then on the Monday too. Then I take the medal and put it in a tote bag which lives in my dressing room stool.

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Spartan Race logo

Spartan Race logo

I know so many of you reading this will have already completed an obstacle race of some sort – I can’t quite believe that I haven’t. Hopefully that’s going to change really soon because I have had my eye on Spartan Race for a while now. Earlier this year Sam Lansdale challenged the country’s ‘couch potatoes’ to give Spartan Races a go; and with more than a million people in 30 countries lacing up, I definitely think people have done just that.

The 2018 UK season kicked off last week with the first race taking place in Kent. To mark the launch I was given the opportunity to interview Sam himself and as General Manager of Spartan Race UK & Ireland, he is the man with the answers.

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